Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Little Sweetpeas hand-made gifts

Thank you for all your lovely birthday wishes for Sweetpea, I will give her a kiss from each of you (any excuse to smother her with kisses :-)).

Little Sweetpea was very lucky to get such a lot of wonderful presents, she was also overjoyed (and so was I) that she also received some gorgeous hand-made presents.  I made her a little nature satchel bag for her to put all the wet leaves, conkers and pine cones she finds in :-)

Here she is modelling her bag, I think she is in love with the little ladybird.  I was going to put a bumble bee on it, as if it was flying away from the flower, but Little Sweetpea had other ideas :-)

She has already been using it on our walks and many treasures have been put into it.  Would you like a closer look ........

Here is her little pet ladybird scurrying off ...  oohh and one of those cute little labels that I used on my sisters heart.

I appliqued a flower onto the bag flap ....

My friend told me not to just stick with a running stitch when making things so I tried out another stitch for the strap, really happy I did ....

I  lined the bag to protect the linen from all those soggy leaves .....

I embroidered her name along the front .....

And here is a full frontal shot :-)  I was really happy with how this turned out especially as it is my first bag.  I made some funny mistakes on the way like thinking I could sew the strap on the reverse and then turn it inside out - hhhmmm never going to happen.  You have to turn everything inside out to sew it together and then pull it all through, I sewed along the top of the bag but then had a flap of lining, flap of outside fabric and the lid flap lol :-)  You learn from experience !

The bag is made of 100% linen and lined with oil-cloth.  With linen being £25 a meter I decided to buy a large pair of linen trousers from a charity shop and recycled them, the oilcloth is from a tablecloth that was too big for the table - I do love a bit of up-cycling :-)

Little Sweetpea also got a lovely hand-made necklace which was created by my wonderful friend Lorraine.  Here it is modelled by my one eyed childhood Bunny.

Ohhh I do love this , so many lovely glass beads, Little Sweetpea is having to keep a close eye on this one so that I don't wear it :-)

She also made the cutest little bracelet which is the perfect size for Little Sweetpeas tiny wrists.  Love love love those polymer clay beads.

And look what we have here, a gorgeous little ladybird brooch just for Sweetpea, this will be popped on her coat or bag.  This was made by my fab mate Helen from Bears Footprints.

Oohhh how I love having creative friends.  It is so nice that we are all inspiring each other to create such lovely things and it is even better that we are giving the kiddies hand-made gifts - there is something so heart warming about it :-)  xxx


  1. I have just found your blog and what fantastic presents your daughter has been made. The bag is wonderful, great idea with the oilcloth lining. She is a very lucky little lady.

  2. Happy Belated Birthday Sweetpea - how luck y are you to have such a clever mummy. LOVE the bag and LOVE that it was upcycled too xx

  3. Just love sweetpea's bag, so much that I want a grown up one please ;o) Lolo xx

  4. Homemade gifts rock! What a thoughtful thing to make a nature seeking little poppet. I hope she had a lovely birthday.

  5. How lovely - to buy the trousers for £4 and re-use them - fantastic recycling idea.

  6. That bag is lovely. It just such a thrill when they love something you have made. You can feel justly proud.

  7. What gorgeous gifts, they always mean more somehow when they're handmade. I can see that Little Sweetpea loves her bag.

  8. That is really lovely. I bet she will treasure it for a very long time.

    Have a lovely weekend,

    Nina x

  9. So sweet, both Little Sweet Pea and her beautiful bag. Hope she had a wonderful day
    Penny x
    (Planet Penny)

  10. Hand made pressies are so very special - definitely made with love. That bag is really super and a great idea to line it with oilskin.

  11. Your little sweetpea's bag is adorable. I love your attention to detail and I am sure she does too. It is so lovely as those little touches must surely make her feel so very special and loved.

  12. Oh the little handmade gifts are so darling. I love the sweet little bag you made. Great job mommy!
    hugs from here...

  13. I absolutely love the little bag you made for little sweetpea! Such sweet decorations too, she will so enjoy using it. Great idea to line it like that as well, so there are no restrictions on filling it with possibly damp nature finds!
    Have a happy week. Helen x

  14. Happy belated birthday wishes to your little Sweetpea..and isn't she lucky receiving all those lovely crafty presents?...I can tell you made her day...adorable photographs!
    Hope you have a great week,
    Susan x

  15. Looks as though she had a lovely time! The bag is really gorgeous! Ros

  16. The bag is the loveliest thing ever. I struggle with a lot of things people make for girls as I'm not that girly and am surrounded by boys (I'm sure that would have been very different should I have had a girl in the mix - I realise you can't choose what they like!) so the whole princess pink thing stresses me a bit but the linen with the flower and ladybird is just perfect. Sweet and pretty, I'm sure she was very pleased with her new present. Bethx


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